Flashforge Adventurer 3 Product Review (2021)

Flashforge 3D Printers

Introduction

Flashforge is an amazing company that produces entry level and industry-grade 3D printers, The Adventurer 3 is the answer for buyers that want to pursue their passion for 3D printing or to build a classroom experience around a 3d printer.

The FlashForge Adventurer 3 is part of the Adventurer series, a subset of a much larger collection of 3D printers for the hobbyist and education markets. The Adventurer series is designed with a focus on cost-effectiveness, ease of use, and quality print capability. 

If you’re looking for a 3D printer that is easy to use and won’t break the bank, then the Flashforge Adventurer 3 product review might be just what you need. The Adventurer series is one of Flashforge’s most popular products, with more than 20000 units in homes around the world.

This article will cover all aspects of this machine so that you can decide if it’s right for your needs or not (and help save some money by avoiding purchasing the wrong 3D printer).

The Adventurer series is a cost effective option, with the latest model being $500. It can be found for as little as $350 on some websites, but that’s not a bad investment considering how much you’ll save in printing costs over time.

The cheaper printers don’t have many of the features this one offers such as the automatic filament feeding system. , which reduces the time it takes to load a new filament spool.

The automatic feeding system also prevents air bubbles from forming in your prints and allows for more precise extrusion without any jamming or clogging problems.

FlashForge Adventurer 3 3D Printer Review
FlashForge Adventurer 3 3D Printer Review
FlashForge Adventurer 3 3D Printer Review Top View
FlashForge Adventurer 3 3D Printer Review Top View

PROS

  • filaments easier to do, and third party filaments are supported in this FlashForge model
  • The touchscreen display is easy to use
  • There’s a filament runout sensor coupled with a resume print feature allowing builds to pick up where it left off after changing filaments
  • Multiple connectivity options include USB, Wi-Fi, ethernet, and cloud printing let the printer build files from just about anywhere
  • The build plate is flexible, removable, and heated, but use caution when handling it
  • Quiet printing lets the printer run in a number of settings
  • Precision and high resolution builds are achievable with minimal layer heights

 

CONS

  • The build plate can move around too much and cause the build to fail, and may need to be calibrated prior to printing
  • Larger filament rolls can’t fit inside of the designated compartment
  • Some users indicated a knocking noise from the filament feeder which may be attributed to using third party filaments
  • The instruction manual can be confusing to get through
  • The Wi-Fi connection may present some issues of updating the software

 

The 3D printer has a sleek and compact design perfect for any workbench. The purposeful, friendly UI provides simple navigation with the touch display.

The Adventurer 3‘s design has a simplicity that makes it extremely easy to handle. This is probably the machine’s best feature. However, those looking for options and a more detailed account on the finer details of printing will probably be disappointed, but we feel that this printer succeeds in being simple enough to pick up easily for those just starting with 3D printing.

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Design

The printer is fairly low-key on design and would be a great option for schools or offices. The closed build space is a good feature, as are the various fans that make the machine run without being too loud.

The built-in filament chamber is an impractical feature for anyone not buying their own filament, as it only accommodates 3rd party reels. However we must say that the side chamber has a clean design and is compact enough for operation.

Versatility is the key feature of the Adventurer 3. The interchangeable nozzle assembly means you can switch out parts without a fuss, while the built-in LED lights and camera provide good visualization of the printing process and 3D model. A flexible build plate is also included to help remove prints easily once completed.

The touch screen interface is also very user-friendly. Students and hobbyists will find the UI to be clean and intuitive. 

How does it Print?

Even though there is the option of printing from a USB stick, the much better option here would be the built-in WiFi and cloud features. Wifi set up and connection is easy and the flashprint slicer connects very well with the machine before printing. 

One of the most common problems you might run into is layer shifting. This probably is because of the limited settings that the FlashPrint slicer has to offer, which is quite limited compared to Slic3r and Cura.

The non-standard G-code of the adventurer makes it difficult to use other popular slicer softwares like Cura.

What’s a solution here? Cloud slicers. For that are unfamiliar, you can check out Polar Cloud. With Polar Cloud its must easier to find the settings needed to allow the printer to perform at its maximum potential. You can fix the layer shifting by enabling Z-hop.

After you fix the problem of layer shifting, you’ll definitely start to get better prints.

The Adventurer 3 has a limited number of features, as you would expect for such a budget friendly machine. However, despite not having any leveling sensor or manual bed levelling option, the single-point height calibration function seems to be decent enough so far.

Last but not least, how does the print come off the build plate? With the Build-tak like surface and the flexible plate, completed prints should be relatively easy to remove from the build plate. 

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Top Features

Upgraded Nozzle

Part of the new lineup of features is the newly upgraded nozzle. Not only does it enable stable filament loading, but it is advertised to be able to reach up to 200°C in just 50 seconds.

This is an impressive speed and something to definitely include in your decision when buying this machine. On top of that you also have a turbofan and air guide that helps to improve the quality of the overall print.

The extruder also has a buckle release, which will come in handy when users want to just remove the nozzle instead of dismantling the entire setup. 

Special Print Bed Design

The adventurer 3’s print bed is said to be made with a “shape-memory material”. This makes it bendable and like we mentioned before, also allows prints to be easily detached.

We trust the 400 hours of bending tests that the development team at Flashforge has put into developing this new print bed!

Built-in Filament Cartridge

With smart functionality in mind, Flashforge’s design team has included a built-in filament cartridge that will detect and automatically feed your material into the printer.

You can also expect a quiet printing operation with the sound levels being at 45dB. At 45dB, this Flashforge 3D printer is also extremely quiet during operation. Another feature that is a bit surprising considering the low price point is the built-in 2 million pixel HD camera. This allows users to monitor their prints remotely in real-time through a variety of cloud applications. From our tests, the quality is somewhat lacking, but roughly what we would expect for the price.

3D Cloud Platform

The 3D Cloud platform offers what you expect from decent cloud software. There is free file storage, file backup and sharing, file slicing and access to a free model database. You can manage all your flashforge machines on this one platform. 

Technical Specifications

PRINTER SPECS

  • Manufacturer: FlashForge
  • Model: Adventurer 3
  • Technology: FDM/FFF
  • Frame: Cartesian
  • Year: 2018
  • Interface: 2.8″ Color touchscreen

PRINTING PROPERTIES

  • Build Volume: 150 x 150 x 150 mm
  • Layer Resolution: 0.1-0.4mm
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm (0.015in)
  • Max. Build Plate Temperature: 100°C (212°F)
  • Material Compatibility: PLA/ABS
  • Max. Print Speed: 100mm/s
  • Extruder: Single
  • Frame and Body: ABS/PC
  • Software: FlashPrint
  • Connectivity: USB, WiFi, Ethernet, Cloud Printing
  • Language Interface: English/Chinese/German/French/Italian/Korean/Czech/Japanese
  • Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7+, Mac OS X, Linux

PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS AND ELECTRICAL

  • Boxed size: 480 x 420 x 510mm
  • Printer size: 388 x 340 x 405mm
  • Packaged weight: 13kg
  • Printer weight: 9kg
  • Power input: 100 – 240V

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